Journal of Peacebuilding & Development Call for Papers: Authoritarian Populism and Atavistic Nationalism

Special Issue

Journal of Peacebuilding & Development

The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (JPD) is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace. JPD is calling for papers for the special issue Volume 13, Issue 3 to be published in December 2018.

Authoritarian populism and atavistic nationalism create momentous challenges for the global community of states, challenging the rule-based systems upon which it is based and altering existing social and political dynamics. The Trump presidency, Brexit vote, and similarly motivated movements in continental Europe, Asia and beyond, are creating a permissive environment for authoritarian tendencies and extremist ideologies through a rejection of traditional elites and the negative effects of neoliberal economic practices—including unemployment, rising inequality and labour migration. This rejection, which often includes turning away from multilateral institutions and agreements and traditional diplomatic approaches, has significant global implications. Academics and practitioners of peacebuilding and development have a particular responsibility to engage these dynamics – to understand, interpret and share analysis on the historical trajectories and dynamics of what is occurring, particularly in an era where social media is challenging taken for granted truths, values and many progressive norms. This special issue seeks to support this, engaging with questions such as:

  • What are the root causes of these populist and nationalist movements? In what ways are international past and current economic and political policy choices responsible?
  • How do existing global institutions for peacebuilding and development contribute to and challenge these trends?
  • How can progressive forces protect the developmental, human rights and political achievements of the 21st century in the face of deliberate efforts to subvert them?
  • How are global and local efforts at peacebuilding and development impacted by these trends, and what promising practices are arising to address the divisions and inspire new pathways?
  • How might “agonism” and conflict transformation theory and practice deal with polarised societies and what Oliver Ramsbotham has called “radical disagreement”? How do we generate creative dialogue across these boundaries of deep cultural and political difference?
  • What are the implications of the unraveling of “enlightenment principles” and these fundamental challenges to pluralist democratic theory, for our efforts to prevent violent conflict, and achieve and sustain peace? 

Submission Instructions

Articles submitted to the Journal should be original contributions and are subject to peer review. With occasional exceptions, the editors prioritize articles based on empirically grounded case studies. All submissions must link issues of peace and/or conflict with some aspect of development. Please indicate clearly if the article is under consideration by another publisher. Articles are read by the journal’s editors as well as by two to four outside reviewers (one or two for briefings).

The following types of submissions will be considered: 

●      Full articles: critical case studies and/or thematic discussion and analysis of topical peacebuilding and development themes, 7,000 word maximum, including references and endnotes;

●      Briefings: discussions of 1) training, peacebuilding and intervention strategies and impact, 2) policy review/analysis, or 3) country briefings, 2,500 word maximum; 

●      Policy Dialogues: short policy briefings engaging two key topics on the international policy agenda: The New Deal on Engagement with Fragile States, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2,500 word maximum;

●      Book reviews: 1,000 word maximum for single reviews, 2,500 if multi-book review/analysis; 

●      Resources: notices of new books, reports, upcoming conferences, videos, e-communications and websites, 150 word maximum; 

●      Documents: declarations, communiqués, and other relevant NGO or multilateral organization statements, 1,000 word maximum.

Submission deadline: Authors are advised to send abstracts only by CfP deadline of 28th February, 2018. They should be 250-500 words, and indicate if intention is a full article (7000 words) or briefing (2500 words). Full submissions that miss this deadline may be considered depending on space, and can still be referred to future issues. To submit: You will be required to open an account and upload your abstract as a new submission. You will be asked to submit your abstract in a text field (word limited), and are also required to submit a main document which should contain the following information: title; author contact details (mailing, phone, email); bio; keywords; full abstract. All submissions should be made on the T&F website:  

All submissions should be made via the following site:, and in MSWord format. Any diagrams and maps should be submitted in .JPEG, .EPS or .TIFF format. Tables may appear in the text, but do not apply frames or tints. Copyright of articles published in the Journal rests with the publisher. For more information and Author Guidelines please visit our website:

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